HMKW becomes MU

“HMKW University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Business” becomes “Media University of Applied Sciences”

Since its foundation in 2008, HMKW University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Business has been one of the leading universities for media-oriented study programs in Germany under private sponsorship.  With immediate effect, the university will operate under the new name “Media University of Applied Sciences” (MU for short). The renaming is part of a comprehensive innovation and development program with which the university is continuing its successful growth of recent years and at the same time supporting its ambitions in the international education market.

Expansion of the range of courses and international orientation

In future, the Media University of Applied Sciences will raise its profile even further as the first port of call for Bachelor's and Master's degree courses relating to the creation, analysis and commercial exploitation of media. This should not only increase the attractiveness of the degree courses on the German market, but also for international students. The content spectrum of the five departments “Journalism and Communication”, “Design”, “Business”, “Psychology” and “Humanities” will remain the same, but will be supplemented by new, modern forms of study such as one-year Master's programs, dual study programs or distance learning formats. This should increase the university's appeal, particularly in the important international markets, and help to keep Germany attractive as a location for science and education. 

In addition, the Media University of Applied Sciences will strengthen its cooperation with business practice partners and thus promote the intensive transfer of knowledge between the university and the media industries. Last but not least, current technological developments such as machine learning and artificial intelligence will be addressed and taught in a new Master's degree program. 

As part of this strategy of renewing and expanding its capacities, the university is investing in the expansion of its human resources, new IT systems and the modernization of its didactic resources. 

Voices on the renaming

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Schulz, Rector of the Media University of Applied Sciences, expresses his optimism: “Media University - with this name, we are already getting to the heart of our brand: our claim is to be the university for applied media competence!”

The university's Managing Director, Anke Czyborra, emphasizes: “The change of name to Media University marks another important milestone in the transformation phase. The next steps, such as the further development of internal structures and the introduction of new degree programs, will follow. We want to offer our students clear added value, which we are making clear with the 'Media University' brand.”  

About the Media University of Applied Sciences

The Media University of Applied Sciences emerged from the HMKW University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Business, which was founded in 2008. It is state-recognized and institutionally accredited by the German Council of Science and Humanities. All current degree programs have been evaluated by FIBAA and accredited by the Accreditation Council. The Media University of Applied Sciences is active in Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt am Main and has been part of the European university network ADE since summer 2020.

Profile of Media University

The Media University was founded in 2008 (under the name HMKW - Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft). It is a private, state-recognized university and institutionally accredited by the German Science and Humanities Council. All current degree programs are accredited by FIBAA or are in the process of being accredited. MU has campuses in Berlin and Cologne and, since the 2016/17 winter semester, also in Frankfurt am Main. Since summer 2020, the university has been part of the European university network ADE.

The university offers Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in the fields of journalism and communication, business, design, psychology and humanities. The range of courses is characterized in particular by double degree courses such as Journalism and Corporate Communication, Media and Business Psychology, Media and Event Management or Visual Communication and Graphic Design. The university thus offers its graduates a valuable education that qualifies them as attractive career starters for several industries.

To ensure that our graduates successfully enter the job market, we place particular emphasis on practical experience: we combine a solid academic education with work in a wide range of practical projects. To this end, we cooperate with numerous institutions and business organizations that supplement the academic curriculum with very real issues and project tasks. These cooperations and projects include the regular project week in Berlin, which has been implemented with renowned partners such as ZDF, Sony and Deutsche Welle. Student MU productions are shown and broadcast online, on television or on the radio. 

The courses are specifically geared towards the acquisition of theoretical understanding and practical skills. At the end of their studies, our graduates have a broad range of demonstrable skills, which sets them apart from other job applicants.

Those who wish to gain experience abroad during their studies are supported by the university: The university has been participating in the Erasmus program since 2013 and is committed to exchange and cooperation with European and non-European students and universities. Our network of European partner universities is constantly growing.

Our professors and all teaching staff actively support our students on their way through their studies and into the job market. As a university, we are successful when our alumni are successful!

Studying at the Media University is challenging but rewarding.

Awards & Certificates


All current study programs are accredited by FIBAA or are in the process of accreditation. FIBAA is an internationally oriented European foundation for quality assurance and development in scientific education. Thus, the quality of the courses offered and the degree are internationally recognized.


The Media University of Media, Communication and Business is state-recognized and institutionally accredited by the Wissenschaftsrat (German Council of Science and Humanities).

CHE University Ranking

Business Psychology in the CHE University Ranking
: Media University Berlin once again occupies top positions in the criteria of contact with professional practice and support at the beginning of studies.
2020/21: In several categories, the course at Media University Berlin is among the best of all the universities evaluated. Above all, the particularly good contact with professional practice and the support of students at the beginning of their studies are emphasized.

THE - Europe Teaching Survey 2020

In 2020, Media University took part in the renowned Europe Teaching Survey for the first time. The independent organization Times Higher Education (THE) in London conducts the international survey once a year at universities throughout Europe. Media University scored above average in the representative survey in such important areas as interaction with teachers, collaborative learning, stimulation of critical thinking, acquisition of job-relevant skills, application of knowledge in professional practice, and many other topics.

Art Directors Club for Germany

The Art Directors Club for Germany (ADC) published its annual university ranking in 2022, which lists the most successful design universities. Media University's Design Department leads the ADC Creative Ranking of Berlin's design universities in 2021.

Studycheck: Digital Readiness

The StudyCheck Digital Readiness Ranking provides an insight into students' satisfaction with the digitalization of their university. The ongoing Digital Readiness Live Ranking incorporates all of the testimonials published on that include a rating for the criterion "digital studying". Our students currently rate digital learning at Media University with an average of 4 out of 5 stars (as of 08/26/2022).